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  News Archives: October 2020

The following news items were posted on Star Wars Book & Comics during October 2020:
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 29th October
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[Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good] [] Second Thrawn Ascendancy title and release date announced

Del Rey Books have announced that the second title in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy will be titled Greater Good and has a planned release date of 4th May 2021.

In other related news, Out of Print will be publishing an exclusive collector's edition of Zahn's first Thrawn Ascendancy book, Chaos Rising, that features:

Exclusive jacket cover designed by illustrator Magali Villeneuve
Comes in a special foil stamped slipcase
Each copy signed by author Timothy Zahn
Printed color endpapers featuring the Chiss Ascendancy symbol
Case stamped with Ascendancy symbol under the jacket
True stained book pages in vibrant Chiss blue
Blue accents and features throughout the interior of the book
Limited to 750 copies

For full details click here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Thursday 29th October
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[The High Republic] [] StarWars.com: Meet the villains of The High Republic

StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an article "Inside The High Republic: Meet the villains" where they have a preview of the villains that will inhabit this new era in Star Wars storytelling:

What could possibly send chills down the spine of the galaxy’s protectors — during the peak of the Jedi Order — in Star Wars: The High Republic?
One of the north stars for this initiative is to answer the question, ‘What scares the Jedi?’ Which is a really fun but extraordinarily challenging question to answer,” Lucasfilm Publishing creative director Michael Siglain tells StarWars.com. “All five authors, as well as the Story Group and Publishing teams, had thoughts on what would scare them — and why — but everyone agreed that had to be something new.
And that “something new” would be frightening in any galaxy. Meet “the Drengir”: unsettling, amorphous beings, chock full of tentacles and teeth. In other words, pure Star Wars nightmare fuel...

Read the full article here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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Thursday 27th October
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[] The Rise of Skywalker (Expanded Edition)
Trade Paperback Novel by Rae Carson
Del Rey ( [UK] )

This story occurs approximately 35 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Resistance has been reborn. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over. Just as the spark of rebellion is rekindling, a mysterious signal broadcasts throughout the galaxy, with a chilling message: Emperor Palpatine, long thought defeated and destroyed, is back from the dead.
Has the ancient Lord of the Sith truly returned? Kylo Ren cuts a swath of destruction across the stars, determined to discover any challenge to his control over the First Order and his destiny to rule over the galaxy—and crush it completely. Meanwhile, to discover the truth, Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced.

 
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Wednesday 28th October
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[] Doctor Aphra (2020) #5: Fortune and Fate (Part 5)
Comic Book by Alyssa Wong, Marika Cresta et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Ronen Tagge has the legendary Rings of Vale.
• Will he destroy the priceless artifacts or fall to their temptation?
• If they truly give him the power to rival the Emperor, what hope do Aphra and crew have to stop him?

 
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[] From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Paperback and Digital Graphic Novel by Jason Aaron, Simone Bianchi, Mike Mayhew, Salvador Larroca et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

These stories occur between 19 years before and up to Episode IV: A New Hope:
Lost tales of the Jedi, revealed! Obi-Wan has slowly adjusted to his life of exile on Tatooine, secretly protecting young Luke Skywalker. But now injustice reigns as villainous scum run rampant, extorting moisture farmers and wreaking havoc. Will "Old Ben" risk revealing himself to do what's right? And when Jabba the Hutt hires a bounty hunter to fi nd out who's been thwarting his men, Obi-Wan must take on the galaxy's deadliest Wookiee, Black Krrsantan! Plus, years earlier, when Obi-Wan was still a Padawan, Master Yoda found himself trapped on a savage world with a hidden power. Yoda must learn the secret of the stones - and his struggle in the past will aff ect Luke in the present! And can Obi-Wan save a young Tusken Raider?

Collates Star Wars #7, #15, #20, #26 - #30, plus material from #37.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 27th October
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[] The Rise of Skywalker (Expanded Edition)
Trade Paperback Novel by Rae Carson
Del Rey ( [US] )

This story occurs approximately 35 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
The Resistance has been reborn. But although Rey and her fellow heroes are back in the fight, the war against the First Order, now led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, is far from over. Just as the spark of rebellion is rekindling, a mysterious signal broadcasts throughout the galaxy, with a chilling message: Emperor Palpatine, long thought defeated and destroyed, is back from the dead.
Has the ancient Lord of the Sith truly returned? Kylo Ren cuts a swath of destruction across the stars, determined to discover any challenge to his control over the First Order and his destiny to rule over the galaxy—and crush it completely. Meanwhile, to discover the truth, Rey, Finn, Poe, and the Resistance must embark on the most perilous adventure they have ever faced.

 
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Wednesday 21st October
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[] Bounty Hunters #6
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Ethan Sacks, Paolo Villanelli et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• With precious cargo and a price on his head, Valance must go to the only person in the galaxy he can trust.
• But the Unbroken Clan has sent a deadly and unique pair of bounty hunters after him!
• No one in the galaxy can escape the combined cunning of 4-LOM and Zuckuss!!!

 
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[] Leia: Princess of Alderaan (Volume 1)
Paperback Manga Graphic Novel by Haruichi Furudate et al. (based on the YA novel by Claudia Gray)
Yen Press ( US & UK )

This story occurs begins approximately 3 years before Episode IV: A New Hope:
A young Princess Leia spends her days learning the ways of politics, aiding those in need and preparing for the traditional ceremony in which she declares her intention to one day rule Alderaan. But as Leia prepares herself to be named the heir of the throne, she becomes aware of the growing distance between her and her parents, who behind closed doors are leaders of the newly-formed Rebellion. Upon learning her parents’ secrets, Leia must now make a choice between her responsibility to the people of Alderaan and her responsibility to save a galaxy crushed by the rule of the Empire.

 
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Tuesday 20th October
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[] Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection
Hardback Reference Book by Daniel Wallace, Lukasz Liszko, Ryan Valle
Simon & Schuster / Insight Editions ( US )

Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection is a comprehensive visual guide exploring the iconic and legendary lightsabers found within the Star Wars galaxy, featuring fan-favorite hilts from the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, comics, novels, and video games.

  • Own the definitive lightsaber guide. This book features the hilts of characters such as Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Kylo Ren, Rey, Ahsoka Tano, and more. Learn about the creation and history of lightsabers from all of Star Wars, including Darth Maul’s double-bladed saber and the Darksaber.

  • Discover never before seen art and illustrations. Featuring photo-realistic renders of lightsabers from Star Wars animation and comics, including Ezra Bridger’s blaster-saber hybrid, the Grand Inquisitor’s spinning blades, and a new lightsaber from The High Republic, this book is a must-have for Star Wars fans.

 
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[] The Star Wars Book
Hardback Reference Book by Cole Horton, Pablo Hidalgo, Dan Zehr
DK Publishing ( US )

This is the Star Wars book you're looking for.

If you want to comprehend the epic and intricate Star Wars saga, this is the book for you. It is a unique and insightful examination of this beloved franchise, including
Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Written by Star Wars experts, including fan-favourite Pablo Hidalgo, this book is packed with stunning film and TV stills, illuminating infographics and curated essays that reveal the mysteries of the Star Wars galaxy. From legendary heroes like Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa to fascinating species like the Wookiees and Tusken Raiders, this book explores the central characters, technology, governments, and events that have shaped the epic saga.
The book is divided into key subject areas - the galaxy, science and technology, the Force, the Skywalkers, galactic governments and their dissidents, and galactic denizens. Whether you are a devoted Star Wars fan or a casual reader curious to learn more,
The Star Wars Book is an invaluable roadmap to this galaxy, far far away...

 
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Tuesday 20th October
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[The High Republic] [] Space.com: Exclusive excerpt from A Test of Courage

Space[External site - opens in a new window/tab] has posted an exclusive excerpt from Justina Ireland's upcoming The High Republic middle-grade book A Test of Courage:

"This excerpt features our local baddies, the Nihil," Ireland told Space.com. "These are ruthless space pirates with no code of honor, their only belief is a sort of hedonistic do what you will, which predictably will lead them to run up against just about every bastion of order that exists in the galaxy. Here we get to spend time with a couple of Nihil, which is fun as long as you aren't on the receiving end of their mayhem."

Read the full excerpt here[External site - opens in a new window/tab].

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Wednesday 14th October
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[] Darth Vader (2020) #6: Into the Fire (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Darth Vader failed to turn his son to the dark side of the Force.
• Vader sought revenge against those who hid Luke from him for all of these years and in doing so nearly betrayed his master.
• It did not go unnoticed by Palpatine. Time for Vader’s next lesson.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Tuesday 13th October
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[] Star Wars: Fascinating Facts
Hardback Reference Book by Pablo Hidalgo
Portable Press ( US )

An insider’s guide to little-known facts from all nine films of the Skywalker Saga.

Star Wars: Fascinating Facts is a compendium of hundreds of little-known facts about all nine episodes in the Skywalker Saga—from behind-the-scenes on-set tidbits to stories about how the tale of Star Wars was created. Profiles of important characters and early drafts of scripts show what might have been, details of how famous scenes were filmed, and other firsthand accounts from cast and crew members.

 
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Wednesday 7th October
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[] Star Wars (2020) #7: The Will of Tarkin (Part 1)
Comic Book & e-Comic Book by Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas et al.
Marvel ( US & UK )

This story occurs approximately 3 years after Episode IV: A New Hope:
• Commander Ellian Zahra has been tasked by the terrifying Darth Vader with the job of tracking down the remnants of the Rebel Fleet, scattered since the Battle of Hoth.
• From the bridge of her flagship the Tarkin's Will, she hunts the galaxy, eradicating all resistance, her secret goal to destroy Leia Organa...

 
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[] Star Wars Adventures (2020) #1
Comic Book by Michael Moreci, Nick Brokenshire, Ilias Kyriazis et al.
IDW Publishing ( US )

An exciting new era begins! Each issue in this monthly series will feature two stories starring all your favorite Star Wars characters!
Between the events of
The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and Finn have taken Rey to a remote planet to continue her Jedi training. But they’re surprised to find that the First Order’s reach extends far and wide.
Plus, an all-new tale of the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Dath Vader!

 
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Tuesday 6th October
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[The Empire Strikes Back: From A Certain Point of View] [] Story titles for The Empire Strikes Back: From A Certain Point of View
 

Del Rey Books have revealed all forty story titles for their forthcoming The Empire Strikes Back: From A Certain Point of View anthology book:

"Eyes of the Empire" by Kiersten White
"Hunger" by Mark Oshiro
"Ion Control" by Emily Skrutskie
"A Good Kiss" by C.B. Lee
"She Will Keep Them Warm" by Delilah S. Dawson
"Heroes of the Rebellion" by Amy Ratcliffe
"Rogue Two" by Gary Whitta
"Kendal" by Charles Yu
"Against All Odds" by R.F. Kuang
"Beyond Hope" by Michael Moreci
"The Truest Duty" by Christie Golden
"A Naturalist on Hoth" by Hank Green
"The Dragonsnake Saves R2-D2" by Katie Cook
"For the Last Time" by Beth Revis
"Rendezvous Point" by Jason Fry
"The Final Order" by Seth Dickinson
"Amara Kel's Rules for TIE Pilot Survival (Probably)" by Django Wexler
"The First Lesson" by Jim Zub
"Disturbance" by Mike Chen
"This Is No Cave" by Catherynne M. Valente
"Lord Vader Will See You Now" by John Jackson Miller
"Vergence" by Tracy Deann
"Tooth and Claw" by Michael Kogge
"STET!" by Daniel Jose Older
"Wait for It" by Zoraida Cordova
"Standard Imperial Procedure" by Sarwat Chadda
"There Is Always Another" by Mackenzi Lee
"Fake It Till You Make It" by Cavan Scott
"But What Does He Eat?" by S.A. Chakraborty
"Beyond the Clouds" Lilliam Rivera
"No Time for Poetry" by Austin Walker
"Bespin Escape" by Martha Wells
"Faith in an Old Friend" by Brittany N. Williams
"Due on Batuu" by Rob Hart
"Into the Clouds" by Karen Strong
"The Witness" by Adam Christopher
"The Man Who Built Cloud City" by Alexander Freed
"The Backup Backup Plan" by Anne Toole
"Right-Hand Man" by Lydia Kang
"The Whills Strike Back" by Tom Angleberger

The Empire Strikes Back: From A Certain Point of View is scheduled for release on 10th November.

 
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NEW RELEASE . . .

Thursday 1st October
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[] The Star Wars Book
Hardback Reference Book by Cole Horton, Pablo Hidalgo, Dan Zehr
DK Publishing ( UK )

This is the Star Wars book you're looking for.

If you want to comprehend the epic and intricate Star Wars saga, this is the book for you. It is a unique and insightful examination of this beloved franchise, including
Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Written by Star Wars experts, including fan-favourite Pablo Hidalgo, this book is packed with stunning film and TV stills, illuminating infographics and curated essays that reveal the mysteries of the Star Wars galaxy. From legendary heroes like Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa to fascinating species like the Wookiees and Tusken Raiders, this book explores the central characters, technology, governments, and events that have shaped the epic saga.
The book is divided into key subject areas - the galaxy, science and technology, the Force, the Skywalkers, galactic governments and their dissidents, and galactic denizens. Whether you are a devoted Star Wars fan or a casual reader curious to learn more,
The Star Wars Book is an invaluable roadmap to this galaxy, far far away...

 
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NEWS . . .

Thursday 1st October
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[Star Wars Reads 2020] [] October is Star Wars Reads month

For the ninth year running, October is Star Wars Reads month! Head over to StarWars.com[External site - opens in a new window/tab] for activities and reading challenges for everyone from the youngest Padawans to the wisest Jedi Masters:

throughout the month there will be new and fun ways for everyone to explore a galaxy far, far away including free digital activities, reading challenges to do at home, and much more! Throughout the month, get ready for Star Wars events, promotional discounts, and giveaways.

 

 
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